Welcome! I appreciate your interest in getting to know me and our practice better.
Here is a little about my therapy philosophy and what to expect as a client —
As humans, our basic needs include being seen, heard and authentically expressed for who we are. Therefore, I prioritize a trauma-informed, identity affirming, and culturally sensitive approach to therapy and our relationship. Personal growth occurs through a strong therapeutic bond where we can safely explore the origin and history of your symptoms, as well as narratives, beliefs, and patterns created to survive your circumstances. Often illuminating these elements, can open us to greater self-compassion and more helpful solutions to our suffering.
Our rapport is cultivated by acknowledging your inherent worthiness and strengths, as well as emphasizing non-judgment, compassion, genuineness, and curiosity towards your presenting challenges. Together, we will collaboratively identify your treatment goals and how to achieve them.
Additionally, I find it important to view individual’s in the context of their environment and lived experiences. This includes acknowledging individual and intergenerational trauma, as well as trauma experienced from oppressive systems that perpetuate harm, marginalization, and social problems. Trauma is any single or chronic event that has impacted a person's view of themselves, others or the world. Through our work together, we will explore how these experiences have impacted your overall well being and current symptoms.
My specialties and clinical interests include: trauma, anxiety, depression, eating disorders (anorexia nervosa, binge eating disorder, bulimia, and orthorexia), co-dependency, surviving narcissistic abuse, children of alcoholics, twin dynamics, and faith transitions/ religious trauma. I've worked with people of diverse ages (5 +); however, I am currently working predominately with teens and adults.
My educational background is a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Saint Joseph's College of Maine (2010) and a Master's in Social Work from Columbia University (2013). I am independently licensed in Maine, New York, and Virginia. My work history includes providing services in outpatient hospital settings and substance use clinics, as well as school-based therapy, integrated behavioral health in a primary care office, and intensive outpatient therapy (IOP). The five years I spent working in New York City, provided me experience working with diverse racial and cultural backgrounds.
Additionally, I received my Certified Clinical Supervisor Licensure in 2020. Please see my Supervision page to learn more about my supervising approach.
I am formally trained in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I also draw from aspects of Psychodynamic, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Internal Family Systems. When working with younger clients, I use Play Therapy, Art Therapy, and components of Trust-Based Relational Intervention.
Currently accepting the following insurances: Anthem, Community Health Options, Cigna, United Behavioral Health, Martins Point, Aetna (Covenant , MaineHealth, First Health plans only), and self pay options.
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